|Rabbi Helen Freeman|
After a first career as a speech therapist, she was ordained as a rabbi in 1990 and served the Liberal Jewish Synagogue for nine years before coming to West London Synagogue. She is continuing her training in psychotherapeutic skills and is a tutor and teacher at the Leo Baeck College Rabbinical School. She is married to David, a Jungian analyst and rabbi.
Rabbi Helen's prayer for those affected by the London riotsHoly One of blessing, we pray for peace for our city in this week of Tisha b’Av. As we commemorated the destruction of the Temple, we looked with distress at the wanton destruction of our neighbourhoods in London. We pray for strength and hope to return to the lives of families whose businesses and homes have been destroyed. May their pain and shock be speedily diminished and may they gain a renewed sense of community in the knowledge that so many Londoners care for them and will do all that we can to help their shattered communities.
We pray too for our emergency services, our police and fire and ambulance crews. May they be preserved from danger and able to come to the aid of those in need without attack and bring them to safety and healing We pray too for the teenagers of our city and its districts. May they be delivered from greed and despair, from anger and hatred, so that they no longer heed the calls of those that entice them to destroy life and property. May they be nurtured and kept safe by their families and communities, so that they see a future and a hope and value their communities and their neighbours once again.
Kein y’hi ratzon May such be the divine will. Amen
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